Popular West Shore forest lands to remain under protective care

Nature Conservancy of Canada seeks to preserve properties in Highlands and Langford

Douglas fir forests are key elements of two West Shore properties included in a transfer of lands from financially struggling The Land Conservancy to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Kindwood, a 72-acre parcel in Highlands that sits adjacent to Thetis Lake and Mount Work regional parks; and Lohbrunner Woods, a forested area excluded from TLC’s Lohbrunner Farm property on Lippincott Road in Langford, were among 26 properties around B.C. transferred last week from one conservancy group to the other.

“TLC has done great work in the past and it’s unfortunate where they have ended up,” said Lesley Neilson, communications manager with Nature Conservancy of Canada.

“The important part is to keep these lands in conservation.”

The properties contained in the transfer agreement were identified as having the highest ecological value among lands in TLC’s portfolio, Neilson said. Her group has been monitoring the potential for such lands to fall out of conservation status since TLC’s financial troubles were brought to light several years ago.

The Kindwood lands were donated to TLC in two sections, in 1998 and 2002. The Land Conservancy’s website describes it as “ecologically significant, as it is a relatively undisturbed mature second-growth forest in an area that is rapidly losing its natural areas due to urban expansion.”

The late Norma Lohbrunner donated her family’s farm property to TLC in 2007, with the promise that it would be protected in perpetuity and never be sold or mortgaged.

The farm section, which remains in the care of TLC, is a source of fresh local produce, operating under the name Lohbrunner Bird Sanctuary and Farm.

The Land Conservancy’s financial troubles over the years have been blamed largely on the non-profit organization taking on more properties than it could realistically handle, mortgaging existing holdings to purchase new ones.

Neilson said the Nature Conservancy of Canada operates differently, using endowments to create funds with which to purchase new lands to preserve.

“We don’t take something on if we don’t have (the funds to pay for it),” she said.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Police-run Youth for Change and Inclusion camp bids fond farewell to tireless directors

Founder Sgt. Paul Brookes has run camp empowering youth and creating leaders for 16 years

Canadians not afraid to take the plunge for the second time

Most will wait almost five years before remarrying

John Cleese sets fall date for Victoria return

June show sold out, comedic actor returns Nov. 4

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Pacific FC signs 24-year-old defensive midfielder from Panama

González joins the roster following the team’s 2-2 tie game against York9 FC.

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Most Read